Background

Even before law school, Michael E. Holden knew he wanted a career where he could help those who had suffered a grave injustice. As a Partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Michael has the opportunity on a daily basis to fulfill his dream career and make real, meaningful change for his clients and the community at large. 

Michael has significant experience in the litigation of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, nursing home negligence, premises liability, construction injury, and auto accident cases. 

Throughout his tenure at Romanucci & Blandin, Michael has successfully obtained dozens of verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients – many in excess of $1 million – through trial, mediation, arbitration, and negotiation, including a $50 million settlement for the wife of a worker who died following a workplace injury in the Chicago area in 2016; a $30 million settlement for a family after their son was left permanently disabled and brain injured as a result of 25 experimental surgeries; a $22.3 million verdict for the family of a young boy who lost his leg due to medical malpractice; and a record-breaking $12.35 million settlement on behalf of the family of a client whose doctors failed to diagnose her breast cancer in a timely manner, which ultimately led to her death at 37 years old.

Michael has been widely recognized for his insight, experience and leadership as an attorney, and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers® for 11 straight years in Illinois and an Emerging Lawyer every year since 2016 by Leading Lawyers. Michael has been published and has presented on topics related to personal injury litigation with the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, Stafford Continuing Legal Education, and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

As a law school student, Michael had the opportunity to law clerk at Romanucci & Blandin. That experience underscored his belief in the impact that attorneys can make to help people access the full power of the courts and be compensated fairly for their injuries. Michael graduated from law school in 2008 and was hired full-time as an Associate at Romanucci & Blandin where he has had the opportunity on a daily basis to fulfill his dream career. In 2015, he was named a Senior Associate. Michael was named Partner in 2021.

Michael grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and now resides in a near northwest suburb of Chicago. When not practicing law, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, is an avid fan of the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Blackhawks, and enjoys coaching youth sports, golfing, home-brewing, skiing, and biking.

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • Ohio State University - 2000-2002 (studied toward B.S. in Political Science)
  • Mediator, Center for Conflict Resolution
  • Certification in Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program at Chicago-Kent College of Law

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America© by U.S. News and World Report, 2023
  • Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2011-2022
  • Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2016-2021

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 2008
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • Wisconsin, 2014
  • Central District of Illinois, 2014
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014

Newsroom

In the News

Press Releases

Blog Posts

Videos

  • CBS News interviews impacted Highland Park families 6 months following the 4th of July Mass Shooting
    January 5, 2023

    Six months following the deadly mass shooting on the fourth of July in Highland Park, Illinois, CBS National News speaks with individuals whose lives have been forever changed. Survivor Lauren Bennett shares her emotional journey after being shot several times and explains how the trauma is something she thinks about every day. The Sundheim family details the unimaginable grief and the hole in their lives following the murder of their wife and mother, Jacki Sundheim. Romanucci & Blandin remains fiercely committed, alongside our co-counsel, to pursuing justice for more than 50 clients, including the Bennett and Sundheim families, whose lives were forever changed that day.

  • Newsy: Mass Shooting Victims are Suing Gun Manufacturers
    October 17, 2022

    Newsy examines Romanucci & Blandin's September 2022 filings of multiple lawsuits against Smith & Wesson and others for deceptive marketing that contributed to the deadly Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. Seven people died and more than four dozen were injured when a shooter opened fire during the city's annual holiday parade. 

  • Press Conference: Highland Park Victims sue Smith & Wesson, others for role in July 4th mass shooting
    September 28, 2022

    Survivors of the mass shooting at the City of Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade filed a set of lawsuits against the individuals and entities responsible for the shooting — Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father — for their respective roles in making it possible for the shooter to carry out the massacre.

  • NBC 5 Chicago: Highland Park Shooting Victims Sue Gun Maker, Gunman and His Father, Gun Sellers
    September 28, 2022

    NBC 5 Chicago covers the filing of lawsuits against the individuals and entities responsible for the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois — Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father — for their respective roles in making it possible for the shooter to carry out the massacre.

  • Romanucci & Blandin - Your Bridge To Justice
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